New Australian Musical, THE HEN HOUSE, to Light Up Camden Civic Centre this September

Published by: Kabuku PR | 16-Aug-2023
A fierce and funny musical that pays homage to the stories of European migration and explores the dignity and comedy of the female working-class experience.
Venue: Camden Civic Centre Auditorium
Address: Oxley Street, Camden NSW 2570
Date: 13 to 14 September 2023
Time: Wednesday 13 September 7:30pm & Thursday 14 September 11:00am
Ticket: Starting from $46 | School Booking $44.50 | Student (14+ years/High School student) $44.50 | Concession $48.50 | Adult $52.50
Call: 0484 829 498
New Australian Musical, THE HEN HOUSE, to Light Up Camden Civic Centre this September
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PYT Fairfield and In Wild Company are thrilled to present the brand-new Australian musical The Hen House, a fierce and funny migrant story paying homage to the stories of European migration in the ‘60s and ‘70s, on stage at Camden Civic Centre from 13th to 14th September.

Created and performed by dynamic sister-duo Josipa Draisma and Mara Knežević (PYT Fairfield’s Playlist), and directed by Sydney Theatre Award-winner Anthea Williams (Belvoir’s Hir), The Hen House features original music inspired by 1970s Australian pop rock.

Weaving together extraordinary, humorous, and tragic multi-lingual stories of female migrant factory workers from Western Sydney with distinctly live and loud music played by an electrifying all-female rock band, The Hen House elevates diverse women’s voices as powerful and hugely significant to Australia’s social and economic history.

It’s 1976. Sherbet’s ‘Howzat’ is No.1 on the Charts. Industries are booming, and it’s migrant women who are cashing in. Pavica, a young Croatian mother is dressed in her crisp white uniform, smiling proudly on the production line, elbows deep in chicken carcasses, loving her job and her new Australian life.

Mila, however, does NOT love her job. In fact, she despises it. The screaming chooks, screeching machines, not to mention the tenosynovitis that plagues the production line. For her, this factory is a hell house. Mila is hellbent on taking this chicken business, and ripping it to bits.

Pavica and Mila are best friends. They need each other to survive this strange feathery world of work. But it might also be the very thing that completely drives them apart.

Founder and Creative Director of In Wild Company, Josipa Draisma said, “The Hen House is inspired by our grandmother who worked at Inghams Chicken Factory in Casula. It's an amazing opportunity not only for Mara and me to work as sisters and artists, but it’s also to honour the stories that come from our family and community.”

Following its Camden run, The Hen House will tour to Orange Civic Centre on 16 September, the Art House Wyong on 20 September and the Concourse Pavilion Chatswood on 22 September.

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